05 September 2021

Father Stan Smolenski on What Five Holy People Teach Us about the Eucharist

"In his encyclical on hope, Spes Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI pointed out that Jesus knows us, loves us, wants us and awaits us. Saints show that this is especially true in the Holy Eucharist.

"The history of the Church is replete with saints who manifested a profound appreciation of the Eucharist. There is St. Juliana of Liège, whose devotion and vision helped institute the feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. . . ."

Five new saints and blesseds - four contemporary and one from early American history - teach us by their example: St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. John Paul II, St. Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Dina Bélanger and Blessed Carlo Acutis."

In a recent commentary, Father Stan Smolenski, Director of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope/Our Lady of South Carolina in Kingstree, South Carolina, reflected on how five saints and blesseds serve as models to "bring the Holy Eucharist to full fruition in our lives as a preparation for the promised eternal wedding feast of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7)."

To access Dr. Murzaku's complete post, please visit:

National Catholic Register: Blogs: Father Stan Smolenski Faustina, Kateri, Dina Bélanger, Carlo Acutis, John Paul II - What 5 Holy People Teach Us About the Eucharist (2 SEP 21)

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